Students read a poem - Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven" - and are given an FSA-style explanatory prompt wherein they are asked to use the poem given and provide textual evidence within their essay.
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I had my students complete these for homework, giving them one week to complete each. Students graded each other's essays in their groups using the FSA rubric.